March 20, 2018 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try and find a utility truck that was reported stolen from the Hawarden area.

They tell us that on Friday morning, March 16th, they investigated a report of a theft that occurred at a business, three and a half miles north of Hawarden.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that upon further investigation, deputies believed the perpetrator or perpetrators entered onto the business property and stole two vehicles. Both of those vehicles were abandoned by the suspects and located later that day.

But on Monday, March 19, it was discovered that a white 2001 Ford F‐350 utility truck was apparently stolen from the same business sometime between Friday, March 16, at 7:20 p.m., and Saturday, March 17, at 6:30 a.m.

They say this truck likely has one license plate attached to it:  South Dakota number 62K921.

If you have any information about these crimes, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo of similar truck provided by Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

March 20, 2018 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Hawarden mother and stepfather who are facing felony charges — appear to have decided to plead guilty in a plea agreement.

According to court records, 34-year-old Nina Spaans’ 11-year-old told a teacher he was being abused over a year ago, on February 3rd, 2017.

Court records say authorities believe that 36-year-old Matthew Spaans abused his 11-year-old stepson, causing injuries. Authorities also believe Nina Spaans told the boy to make up stories about how the injuries were received.

Both Matthew and Nina Spaans are charged with three counts each of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony. Court records indicate that both have now filed written pleas of guilty. A plea-taking and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Monday, April 2nd in Sioux County District Court.

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Hawarden Couple Accused Of Abusing Child

Site assignments are out for the boys Sectional and District Golf Tournaments. Sectional play will be on Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th with District play on Friday, May 18th.

The Sheldon Orab boys will play in a sectional hosted by Okoboji at Emerald Hills. The rest of the field includes Emmetsburg, Estherville-Lincoln Central, Okoboji, Rock Valley, Sibley-Ocheyedan, West Lyon. and Western Christian. Teams and individuals advancing from the sectionals will play their district meet at Landsmeer Golf Course on Thursday, May 17 at 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Unity Christian High School.

Other area 2A teams will play at Hinton at the Deer Run Golf Course on Friday, May 11th. Those teams include Alta-Aurelia, Cherokee, Hinton, Manson-NW Webster, Pocahontas Area, Sioux Central, Unity Christian, and West Sioux.

Class 1A area golfers will be at two different sites. On Friday, May 11th, Akron-Westfield, Boyden-Hull, Central Lyon, Gehlen Catholic, George-Little Rock, Harris-Lake Park, and Trinity Christian will be at Rolling Hills Country Club. At the Brookside Golf course will be Clay Central-Everly, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Kingsley-Pierson, MMCRU, Ridge View, South O’Brien and Remsen St. Mary’s. Teams and individuals advancing from the 1A sectionals will play their district meet at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday, May 17 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by St. Edmond, Fort Dodge.

Spencer will host Class 3A area golf teams on Thursday, May 10th at the Spencer Golf and Country Club. Those teams are Algona, Humboldt, LeMars, MOC-Floyd Valley, Sioux Center, Spencer, Spirit Lake, and Storm Lake. Teams and individuals advancing from the sectional will play their district meet at Lake Creek Country Club on Friday, May 18 @ 10:00 AM and will be hosted by Storm Lake.




March 20, 2018 - 11:07 am - Posted in Sports

Keaton Van Roekel, of Hull, has signed a letter of intent to continue his golf career at Northwestern College next fall.

Van Roekel is in his fourth season playing for Boyden-Hull High School. A two-time all-conference selection, Van Roekel helped lead his team to a fifth place finish at the state tournament as a junior. He has personal bests of 38 on nine holes and 78 on 18. Van Roekel plans to major in business management at Northwestern and is the son of Les and Gwen.

“We are very excited to add Keaton to the Red Raider golf team,” commented Northwestern head coach Aaron Aberson. “He is a hard worker who really enjoys the game of golf, and I expect him to add some good depth to our line-up. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow, both on and off the course, over the next four years.”

March 20, 2018 - 8:21 am - Posted in Sports

Adam Viet, a senior at Unity Christian High School, has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender soccer program.

Viet has scored 24 goals and assisted on 14 in 47 games played for the Knights and helped the Knights to a conference championship in 2016. Viet has earned all-conference honors three times entering his senior season. A multi-sport athlete, Viet earned District Punter of the Year honors this past season, was named to the Academic All-State team and was a Iowa Class 1A All-State Third-Team selection.

“Adam is a great athlete, and works very hard. He fits in great with our guys. Adam is also a great fit for Dordt College, on many levels. We are thrilled that Adam has decided on Dordt College,” said Dordt College associate head soccer coach Craig Stiemsma.

Adam is the son of Jim and Mandy Viet of Hawarden, Iowa. He plans to study Chemistry at Dordt College.

March 20, 2018 - 8:21 am - Posted in Sports

Cori De Jong, a senior at Western Christian High School, has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender track and field program.

De Jong has qualified for the state meet three times in the high jump and once for the Drake Relays. She has a personal best of 5-7 in the high jump and won a state title in 2015 and has back to back third place finishes at the state meet the last two seasons.

“We are excited for Cori to join our high jump crew!” said Dordt College head track and field coach Craig Heynen. “Cori is an excellent high jumper, and she has achieved high levels of success in the event. She is very athletic, and there is room for her to continue to improve her skills as a jumper. Cori has a great attitude and she will be a great teammate. She will contribute to the team in multiple ways, and we look forward to working with her.”

Cori is the daughter of Greg and Jackie De Jong of Sheldon, Iowa. She plans to study Business Administration at Dordt College.

March 20, 2018 - 12:59 am - Posted in News

Newkirk, Iowa — A Sheldon woman was taken to a hospital as the result of an accident near Newkirk on Friday, March 16th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:25 p.m., 29-year-old Jaime Anzua of Sheldon was driving a 2005 Ford F150 eastbound on 400th Street, or B40, five miles east of Sioux Center, or four miles west of Newkirk. They report that 46-year-old Stacie Hurlburt of Sheldon was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Venture westbound on 400th Street.

According to the report, Hurlburt lost control of her vehicle and struck the Ford.

They report that the Orange City Ambulance Squad took Hurlburt to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Anzua’s Ford pickup sustained about $10,000 in damage. Hurlburt’s Chevrolet sustained about $8,000 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Orange City Fire Department and the Orange City Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.

March 19, 2018 - 4:57 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley resident was taken to a hospital after an accident near Rock Valley on Saturday, March 17.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:20 p.m., 19-year-old Grant Zevenbergen of Rock Valley was driving a 2003 Buick Regal southbound on Dove Avenue, two miles southwest of Rock Valley when he lost control of the vehicle. It entered the west ditch and struck a ditch embankment.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Zevenbergen to Hegg Health Center Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Buick only sustained about $100 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Rock Valley Ambulance Squad, the Rock Valley Fire Department, and the Rock Valley Police Department assisted with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.

Sioux Center Iowa — The Defender Gold Club/American State Bank High School All-Star Basketball Games were held Saturday, March 17 at the De Witt Gym on Dordt College’s campus in Sioux Center. The game has been an annual event since 1996. MVP’s of the event included Jaden Kleinhesselink of Sheldon for the White Team, Caleb Harmsen of Western for the Gray Team. For the girls MVP honors went to Ashtyn Veerbeek of Western and Jordyn Van Maanen of Sioux Center. The girls 3 point contest winner was Paytin Hagberg of Cherokee. The boys contest went to Caleb Harmsen of Western Christian.

In the boys contest the White team led at halftime 43-30 and went on to down the Gray team 97-77. Brendan Zeutenhorst of Sioux Center led the scoring with 16 points. Jaden Kleinhesselink of Sheldon was next with 14 to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Malachi Van Wyhe of West Lion also hit for 14 points. Tyus Arends of Sioux Center dropped in 12. Jason Taylor of Rock Valley netted 11 while Micah Meyer of West Lyon hit for 10.

In the girls contest the White team led 38-19 at the half and went on to a 67-59 win. Ashtyn VeerBeek of Western Christian hit for 20 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Wolfpack team mate Jessi De Jager with 10 points. Jordyn Van Maanen of Sioux Center led the Black team with 15 points while dishing out 3 assists with 5 steals. Mia Hoogeveen of West Lyon joined her in double figures with 11 points.

The Defender Gold Club High School All Star Game has been an annual event since 1996 involving players form the Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conferences.

March 19, 2018 - 8:33 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa State Representative representing Sioux County has filed for reelection in 2018.

Fourth District Republican Representative Skyler Wheeler of Orange City serves most of Sioux County except some counties in the northern and eastern portions of the county, which are served by Third District Representative Dan Huseman, of Aurelia.

Wheeler says he’s excited about the opportunity to serve again in the House with “a couple years under [his] belt.” He says as a group, the House GOP has “gotten a lot done.” But he says there’s more to do.

Wheeler filed his nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s office last week.